Wednesday, February 1, 2023

So Sew Easy – Christmas Stocking Pattern Review

It’s that time of year when it’s time to start making Christmas crafts, and what better way to get started than with a Christmas stocking?  There are quite a few Christmas stocking patterns available online, but I opted for the one on the So Sew Easy blog as it can be made using fat quarters, which is the only woven fabric I actually own.  Also, I must admit that like a complete crazy (or maybe organised?) person, I tried this pattern, and wrote this blog post in July, ready for the run up to the holidays.  Hopefully by the time this post goes live, anyone who reads my blog will be inspired to give this a go, and I’ll be at home with a newborn, taking a well deserved break from sewing!  Keep reading to see how I got on.

What I Loved

  • The pattern is trimless, and super easy to stick together – it’s only 2 pages long.
  • The instructions are, on the whole, clear and easy to follow.  A photo is included for each step.
  • Very few materials are required.  I used four and a half fat quarters and a small bit of ribbon.
  • The pattern can be fully made on the sewing machine – no overlocker required.
  • It’s 100% free!

What Wasn’t So Great

  • The pattern didn’t include a pattern piece for the cuff.  I understand why (other pattern companies also omit these and just provide measurements), but for some reason when I followed the measurements, the cuff was slightly too small for the stocking which caused puckering inside.
  • I’m still confused about how the ribbon is attached.  My original ribbon ended up inside my stocking so I had to sew a new one to the outside once complete.  It looks fine as the thread matches, but that part of the tutorial confused me.

Pattern Tips

  • Make the cuff pattern piece slightly wider when making a second version – around one cm should be enough.

Final Verdict

The So Sew Easy Christmas stocking pattern is ideal for those who want to try making their own Christmas decor this year.  The pattern is completely free and, due to it requiring woven fabric, can be made relatively cheaply in your chosen colours and design.  It’s suitable for beginners, and those new to sewing with wovens, and shouldn’t take more than 30 mins – one hour to make.  I plan on making three more of these and using heat transfer vinyl to personalise them (check out my blog post next week on easy Christmas Cricut crafts to see if I managed it), and have some lovely Hobbycraft Christmas fat quarter packs to use to ensure they’re all slightly different yet coordinated.

The So Sew Easy Christmas stocking pattern requires four and a half fat quarters – or about half a metre of woven fabric to make, as well as some ribbon to enable you to hang it.  You can find the pattern and tutorial on the So Sew Easy blog.

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